Crossword clues for thumb
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Thumb \Thumb\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thumbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Thumbing.]
To handle awkwardly.
To play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers; as, to thumb over a tune.
To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling; also, to cover with the thumb; as, to thumb the touch-hole of a cannon.
He gravely informed the enemy that all his cards had been thumbed to pieces, and begged them to let him have a few more packs.
Thumb \Thumb\, n. [OE. thombe, thoumbe, [thorn]ume, AS. [thorn][=u]ma; akin to OFries. th[=u]ma, D. duim, G. daumen, OHG. d[=u]mo, Icel. [thorn]umall, Dan. tommelfinger, Sw. tumme, and perhaps to L. tumere to swell. [root]56. Cf. Thimble, Tumid.] The short, thick first digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers in having but two phalanges; the pollex. See Pollex. Upon his thumb he had of gold a ring. --Chaucer. Thumb band, a twist of anything as thick as the thumb. --Mortimer. Thumb blue, indigo in the form of small balls or lumps, used by washerwomen to blue linen, and the like. Thumb latch, a door latch having a lever formed to be pressed by the thumb. Thumb mark.
The mark left by the impression of a thumb, as on the leaves of a book.
The dark spot over each foot in finely bred black and tan terriers. Thumb nut, a nut for a screw, having wings to grasp between the thumb and fingers in turning it; also, a nut with a knurled rim for the same perpose. Thumb ring, a ring worn on the thumb. --Shak. Thumb stall.
A kind of thimble or ferrule of iron, or leather, for protecting the thumb in making sails, and in other work.
(Mil.) A buckskin cushion worn on the thumb, and used to close the vent of a cannon while it is sponged, or loaded.
Under one's thumb, completely under one's power or influence; in a condition of subservience. [Colloq.]
Thumb \Thumb\, v. i. To play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English þuma, from Proto-Germanic *thumon- (cognates: Old Frisian thuma, Old Saxon, Old High German thumo, German Daumen, Dutch duim "thumb," Old Norse þumall "thumb of a glove"), literally "the stout or thick (finger)," from PIE *tum- "swell," from root *teue- (2) "to swell" (see thigh). For spelling with -b (attested from late 13c.), see limb.\n\nIn some of the IE languages there is a single word for "thumb," which is called the "big finger," like NE big toe. Many of the single words are of similar semantic origin, based on the notion of "stout, thick."
[Buck]\nCompare Greek megas daktylos "thumb," but Greek also had antikheir, literally "what is opposite the fingers." Italian pollice, French pouce are from Latin pollex, perhaps formed (on analogy of index) from pollere "to be strong."\n
\nTo be under (someone's) thumb "be totally controlled by that person" is recorded from 1580s. Thumbs up (1887) and thumbs down (1906) were said to be from expressions of approval or the opposite in ancient amphitheaters, especially gladiator shows, where the gesture decided whether a defeated combatant was spared or slain. But the Roman gesture was merely one of hiding the thumb in the hand or extending it. Perhaps the modern gesture is from the usual coachmen's way of greeting while the hands are occupied with the reins.
"to go through" (especially of printed material), 1930, from thumb (n.), though the related sense of "soil or wear by handling" dates from 1640s. Earlier as a verb it meant "to play (a musical instrument) with the thumb" (1590s). Meaning "to hitchhike" is 1939; originally the thumb pointed in the direction one wished to travel. Related: Thumbed; thumbing. To thumb (one's) nose as an expression of derision is recorded from 1903.
n. 1 The short thick digit of the hand that for humans has the most mobility and can be made to oppose (moved to touch) all of the other fingers. 2 (context computing English) The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider. 3 (context colloquial Internet English) A thumbnail picture. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To touch or cover with the thumb. 2 (context transitive with '''through''' English) To turn the pages of (a book) in order to read it cursorily. 3 (context travel English) To hitchhike 4 To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling.
feel or handle with the fingers; "finger the binding of the book" [syn: finger]
The thumb is the first digit of the hand. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position (where the palm is facing to the front), the thumb is the outermost digit. The Medical Latin English noun for thumb is pollex (compare hallux for big toe), and the corresponding adjective for thumb is pollical.
Thumb was a German alternative metal/ nu metal band formed in November 1993 in Gütersloh. The group disbanded in 2005 to work on various side projects; Steffen has joined H-Blockx, Jens is in Taetowier Studio, Jan-Hendrik is in Hudson, Claus is in Alternative Allstars and Axel is in Waterdown.
The thumb is the first digit of the human hand.
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Usage examples of "thumb".
He always knew if someone was absent, but the rule of thumb was that unless he was asked a direct question he would not volunteer this information and therefore would not have to lie or turn the absentee in.
With the heel of his palm on the underside, he flicked a callused thumb back and forth across the pebbled tip until her breast felt heavy and ached for some fulfillment she could not understand.
When Alec could do the catch with either hand, Seregil had him try it using only his thumb and forefinger, and finally to perform the trick with his eyes shut.
He massaged his thumb against her already hard nipple, and Amelle shivered.
While Alfred held her legs, George wiped the perineum clean, found the asterisk and pressed it firmly with the ball of his thumb, holding while he counted slowly to ten.
I only knew of Asye as a name to curse by when I stabbed my thumb, cutting a quill.
When he slid his thumb back and forth across the smooth leather, he felt not what was there but what might soon be available for his caress: delicately shaped ridges of cartilage forming the auricula and pinna, the graceful curves of the channels that focused sound waves inward toward the tympanic membrane.
Amery was leaning back against her shoulder, watching Baldric with wide eyes, giving his thumb a thorough workout.
He handed the notebook over to Becker, who thumbed through it briefly and then placed it inside his briefcase.
Clipping the beeper safely to his belt, Nathan presses thumb and forefinger, his messages flying off to wherever they fly, to message heaven, the graveyard of electronically snubbed pleas and particles of undesired need.
She took his right hand, noting how squared off and hard his hands were, even with three distinct and bendable fingers and a fairly prehensile thumb, then felt back to the wrist.
He looked out to the blue sierras to the south and he hitched up the shoulder strap of his overalls and sat with his thumb hooked in the bib and turned and looked at them.
Tram Bir, who was supervising the placement of the tents, stopped them and said something, jerking his thumb toward the caravan.
Along with Baybrock, Sanders, Jenney and Demble, Bleer would be a fine plum for the kidnap pudding that Thumb Gaudrey intended to cook.
She went now to the chimney corner, and applied her eye to a well-known crack: Margaret sat beside her father on a stool, and Boshy stood facing them and herself, his left arm extended, his thumb holding down the two middle fingers.